Want to know how much Maine government will spend in 2017, how it will be spent, and where all that money will come from? Check out the Maine State Budget 2017 Primer, courtesy of 45 North Research, at this link:
Want to know how much Maine government will spend in 2017, how it will be spent, and where all that money will come from? Check out the Maine State Budget 2017 Primer, courtesy of 45 North Research, at this link:
Please help spread the word on MarchForMe, a movement that urges women unable to march on January 21 in Washington or other cities to find a marcher to “carry their name” in order to add their voice in solidarity to the marchers. Names can be listed on paper, in a smartphone or pinned to a coat. MarchForMe was started in Topsham Me and has spread nationally through social media (Mention of it was made on Maine Public NPR “Thousands of Mainers to Join Women’s March in Washington” 1-13-17). For more info (or for the press release), email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inauguration Eve Gathering
with family & friends.
January 19 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Center for Peace and Community
44 Summer St, Bath
Please bring your hopes and fears, and join us next Thursday to find community and solace, and to be inspired to action.
There will be time for individual conversations, as well as short bursts of facilitated discussion, and as many resource materials as we can assemble to inform and guide us in the fight ahead. We will end the evening with a brief candlelight vigil as a sign of our unity and our shared commitment to keep the torch of Liberty shining brightly.
Bring your best ideas, and information about the resources you rely on. Bring your friends and neighbors and a candle that can be lighted and set on the ground, or held safely, if the weather keeps us indoors.
Basic beverages and light refreshments will be provided; feel free to bring finger food to share if you wish. I hope to see you there.
Bronwen Tudor, Chair
Here’s a message from Alison Johnson on how Sag Dems can join the Women’s March on Washington sister event in Augusta.
On Saturday morning, January 21, the day after the inauguration, when there will be a Women’s March on Washington, there will be “sister” marches/events all across the country. I am organizing a bus holding 48 people that will leave from Highland Green early that morning to attend the event in Augusta. (This bus is not being organized by the management of Highland Green.) The cost per person will be $16.
Here is the description of the Augusta event that I took from the website for the Women’s March on Washington, https://www.womensmarch.com.
We will rally together at the Maine State Capitol to have our voices heard. This is not going to be a march from point A to point B, it is going to be a march in place at the Burton M. Cross building.
This is a rally in support of women’s rights, civil liberties and protection of the planet. This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights is welcome.
Thirty-three people have already signed up to ride the bus from Highland Green. As noted above, men are welcome to attend, and some have already signed up. I hope you will forward this e-mail to friends who might be interested. If we fill one bus, I can arrange for another bus or van.
Yes, I’m aware of the event on the Brunswick mall, and there will also be a big march in Portland. I’m focusing on the Augusta event because I think that when the national media chooses which events to cover, they certainly won’t cover the Brunswick mall and may be more likely to cover the Augusta event than the Portland event because the Augusta event on the state capital grounds is virtually in LePage’s backyard. I also think that Portland will draw a large crowd, and the Augusta crowd will be smaller, so more in need of some help swelling their ranks.
I think parking will be a nightmare at all events, so a bus has a great advantage. Incidentally, I just spoke with the director of the Maine State Museum, which is open every Saturday, and she told me that they have large restrooms with multiple stalls. The Maine State Library, which is in the same building, also has one women’s restroom and one men’s restroom. The Augusta sister event is being held at 111 Sewall Street, outside the Burton M. Cross Building, which appears on the map to be a couple of blocks or so from the building housing the State Museum and State Library.
If you want to reserve a spot on the bus, please leave a check for $16 made out to Alison Johnson in the large ziplock bag between my doors (see address and directions below). No cash, please. I won’t deposit the checks until it’s clear I can fill the bus. The bus company has given me until Monday to pay for the bus, but I hope that you will drop off your checks in the next couple of days so that I know whether I need to find other people to fill the bus.
If you call me or e-mail me (email@example.com) to say that you plan to attend, I will hold a spot for you. I will arrange to pick up checks late Saturday afternoon (January 14) at the main desk at the Highlands and at Thornton Oaks, so residents there can leave their checks at the desk in an envelope with my name, Alison Johnson, on it.
There will be no refunds because of illness or because the weather doesn’t look good that day. That said, the weather forecast for that Saturday is wonderful–mostly sunny and 48 degrees. With warm weather most of the week and only a bit of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, the ground and streets should be bare on January 21. More details on the trip will be sent within a few days to those who sign up and give me their e-mail address. At any rate, the bus will be leaving from Highland Green.
I hope that many of you will join me as a way of indicating your concern for the direction that our country appears to be moving.
4 Wren Drive
Topsham, ME 04086
My house is located on the main road in Highland Green about two blocks past the Community Center and the Wild Duck Pub. It’s a small beige house with a white rocker on the porch. There are four evergreen trees lining the road by the side of my house. My house is the last one on the right just before the main road starts up a small hill.
Earlier this month, I joined my colleagues from across the state to be sworn in for my second term in the Maine House of Representatives. Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you for the next two years.
I recently held my first open office hours of the session and plan to hold more throughout the first few months of the year.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be preparing for the legislative session, which begins in January. You are welcome to be in touch with me during this time and whenever you have questions, concerns or comments regarding state government.
I rely on folks like you to share your thoughts on how I can help make our state a better place to live and work. My door is always open and I can be reached at 729-4018 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|I’m writing today to update you about the state budget, and my commitment to the voters of Maine.
As budget negotiations continue, I want you to know where I stand: I am fighting to ensure the budget respects the will of the voters and meets the state’s obligation to fully fund public schools. And I’m fighting efforts by some in the Legislature to force service cuts and tax increases on the vast majority of Mainers to pay for new handouts to a small number of the highest earners in our state.
To me, these goals seem universal. Unfortunately, I continue to hear and read in the newspapers that some Republicans in the Legislature are willing to hold the budget process hostage in an attempt to get a new tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent, paid for by our public schools.
Voters in November approved a new education funding referendum that fully funded our schools for the first time in a decade by asking a little bit more from those Mainers who are most able to afford it.
The referendum is now law. But some legislators, including members of Republican leadership in the House and Senate, are threatening to torpedo the budget process and force a government shutdown if we don’t agree to undermine the voters’ will by repealing Question 2. They say they cannot accept a tax system that includes a small tax increase on the highest earnings of the top 2 percent.
All of us want lower taxes. But we have to consider the cost. I don’t believe it’s worth sacrificing our public schools or the integrity of our referendum process just so the wealthiest Mainers can have lower income taxes.
Democrats have submitted a responsible, comprehensive budget proposal that respects the will of the voters, fully funds our schools and lowers property taxes. We’ve led 25 Town Hall meetings throughout the state to bring our plan directly to the people.
In contrast, Republicans, so far, have done nothing but demand the repeal of Question 2.
As always, never hesitate to reach out to me. You can call my office at 207-287-1515 or email me at email@example.com.
Sens. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic and Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, were inaugurated to the Maine Senate during a swearing-in ceremony held Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Sagadahoc County and Dresden,” Sen. Vitelli said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen Maine’s workforce, fully fund education, and push for low-cost, alternative energy.”
Sen. Vitelli is beginning her second term in the Maine Senate, having previously served during the 126th Maine Legislature from 2013 to 2014.
Sen. Carson is serving his first term in the Maine Senate. He was previously the Executive Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, a position he held for 27 years.
“I want to thank the people of Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, Pownal, and North Yarmouth for giving me the chance to serve them in the Maine Senate,” Sen. Carson said. “We have a lot of work to do to protect Maine’s environment, lower property taxes and bring good paying jobs to our state.”
The 128th Legislature will convene for its first day of regular business on Wednesday, January 4. Members of the Legislature have until Friday, December 30, to submit bills for consideration in 2017. Constituents interested in speaking to either Sen. Vitelli or Sen. Carson about bill ideas are encouraged to call their State House office at 287-1515.
Both Vitelli and Carson would also like constituents to know that they are always available to assist with any state government-related issues, questions or concerns. Constituent services can include help navigating government agencies or finding the correct information or services. Their offices can also set up State House tours and connect local students with the Honorary Page program. For more information, visit mainesenate.org.
Sen. Vitelli represents Senate District 23, which includes Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden in Lincoln County. Sen. Carson represents District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, Pownal and North Yarmouth.
Congratulations to Representative Denise Tepler, Representative Jennifer DeChant, and Joyce “Jay” McCreight, Maine State Representative, HD51for winning their re-election campaigns.
A heartfelt thank you to Will Neilson for House 53 for running a race that we’re so proud of.
To our all-star organizers, Molly, Colin, April, Dash, Al, Ben– thank you for descending upon Sagadahoc and Dresden with so much enthusiasm, passion, and talent.
And lastly, none of this would have been possible without our volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to elect Democrats and better their communities. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We’ve seen some pretty dirty tricks and lowbrow tactics this election season, but we haven’t seen anything quite like this. A PAC run by GOP Leader Ken Fredette is printing fake newspapers and putting them on newsstands across Maine.
These political advertisements look like real papers, complete with local sports schedules. They are filled with fake articles about endorsements GOP candidates never received, and they even attack Democrats who have never held elective office for their votes on various bills.
This is just another tactic in the GOP’s race to the bottom. These fake newspapers show us just how far the GOP is willing to go to win. With two days until the election, we don’t have much time to fight back.
We need to oust these lying lawmakers and defeat these deceitful candidates. Beyond fake newspapers, this shows us just how far the GOP is willing to go to get their way.
Throughout this election, Donald Trump has used his platform to divide the country, stoke hatred, and attempt to bully his way to the presidency. He’s even baselessly called for Hillary Clinton—the most qualified candidate for president in history—to be put in jail, browbeating the FBI along the way.
In July, FBI Director James Comey concluded a yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and decided not to move forward with any charges—saying it wasn’t even a close call. “No reasonable prosecutor,” he noted, would have chosen to pursue the case.
Then, yesterday, Director Comey released an incredibly vague letter to Congress with news about the investigation. Trump and other Republicans immediately tried to take advantage of the letter—and make it seem as though the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary’s emails.
That’s false. And it’s far from the only thing Trump and the Republican Party have tried to mislead the American people about in regard to Hillary’s emails.
That’s why we need to correct the record and get out the facts—because yesterday’s revelations were nothing more than a nothingburger.
Here’s what you need to know about Director Comey’s highly questionable letter:
Immediately after Director Comey released his letter, news sources mistakenly characterized the investigation as “re-opened.” In the following hours, they were backpedaling, and it became clear that these initial reports were misguided.
According to CBS News, it is still “premature” to say the investigation into Hillary’s email server has been re-opened:
And a wide variety of news sources have already issued corrections.
Last night, the Los Angeles Times reported that the new emails referenced in Director Comey’s letter “were not to or from Clinton” and “appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered.”
This means that Hillary might have had no involvement in any of these new emails—and that it is very possible there’s no new information at all. In fact, it’s been reported that the FBI has not yet assessed the significance of the emails.
According to several media reports, some—and maybe even all—of these emails may be duplicates of what the FBI had already obtained during their initial investigation.
“It is possible,” according to the Washington Post, “that some or all of the correspondence is duplicative of the emails that were already turned over and examined by the FBI.”
The New York Times even said it is “expected” that “many of the emails” will be “duplicates of emails that have already been scrutinized.”
In a report from the Washington Post, we learned that “senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that [Director Comey’s] decision … was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department.” These officials tried to warn the FBI that “we don’t comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don’t take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election.”
As standard practice, the FBI does not comment publicly on politically sensitive cases within 60 days of an election—let alone 11. So Comey’s letter was unprecedented and dangerous, and staff within the FBI agree.
A former Justice Department spokesman, Matthew Miller, went as far as to say that Director Comey’s decision was made without consideration of “the consequences to the public, to the people under investigation, or to the FBI’s own integrity.”
In an internal letter to the FBI, Director Comey admitted that he didn’t even know if these emails were significant.
“We don’t know the significance,” he wrote, before saying he didn’t want to “create a misleading impression.”
In trying to avoid “create a misleading impression,” it’s hard to imagine how Director Comey could have failed more.
After all, as more information about the case has started to come out, it’s become clear that there is no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing, and no indication that any of this is even about Hillary. Comey should have listened to his own warnings.
Director Comey owes the public the full story, or else he should not have opened the door in the first place.
PLEASE SHARE: On Friday, October 21, we will gather to celebrate the life of Ed Pert. Visiting hours are 2-6; celebration of life presentation at 6 pm. Join us at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. And please read about his amazing life below, from the Portland Press Herald.
GEORGETOWN – Noted Maine public servant, Edwin H. Pert, 83, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Maine Medical Center
He was born in Bath in 1933, to Perleston L. Pert Sr. and Katherine M. Pert, and kept Bath in his heart every day.
Graduating from Morse High School in 1950, he caught the political bug and went on to study government at the University of Maine in Orono. After receiving his B.A. from UMaine in 1954, he became an energetic and respected leader of the Democratic Party in Maine for the remainder of his life.
Ed served for one tour in Korea as a public information officer for the U.S. Army, and worked in Bath as a reporter for the Bath Daily Times and as news director for WMMS/WJTO radio upon his return home.
Always drawn to politics, he won the Bath seat in the House of Representatives in Maine’s 99th Legislature, in addition to serving as executive director of the Maine Democratic Party.
After a failed attempt at the senate seat for Bath in 1960, he spent several years as executive director of the Maine Chapters of the March of Dimes and Arthritis Foundation, as well as secretary of the Maine Senate from 1965-1966. During this time, he also built his first home near Reid State Park in Georgetown, a community that he remained an integral part of for the rest of his life.
In 1974, Ed was elected as the clerk of the Maine House of Representatives, a post in which he excelled for 18 years, coordinating the enormous volume of material involved with lawmaking and guiding new representatives through the process. Many of these citizen lawmakers continue to remember him with gratitude and affection for his mentorship.
Also during this time, he spent a term as the president of the National Professional Society of the Clerks of the House, served as a Georgetown selectman, sat on several civic boards, and built a new home in the Robinhood section of Georgetown. As a notary public, Ed also performed several marriages.
He retired from the legislature in 1992, leaving the office of clerk with integrity and efficiency.
Unity College honored his years of public service with an Honorary Doctorate in 1993; the Maine Women’s Lobby bestowed upon him the Integrity-Leadership-Vision Award in 1988; and Georgetown named him Citizen of the Year in 2003.
For the last two decades, Ed could be seen around Georgetown and Bath nearly every day, communing with friends, mentoring younger folks, and spreading good cheer. He relished meeting new people and would extend his hand with a cheerful, “Hi, I’m Ed Pert!” His love of travel never diminished, enjoying trips ranging from Downeast Maine to Florida to extended trips to Northern Europe, particularly Scandinavia. He loved circuses, gourmet food, wine, the ocean and the visual and performing arts. He was forever and always an ambassador for Maine, the Democratic Party, Georgetown and his beloved hometown of Bath.
Ed was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Eunice (Pert) Dow of Wiscasset; a brother, Perleston L. “Bub” Pert Jr. of Topsham; and a nephew, the noted Maine cartoonist Jeff Pert.
He is survived by his sisters, Jacqueline (Pert) Fossett of Cum-berland Center, and Catherine (Pert) Biette of Topsham; his sister-in law, Jacqueline Pert of Topsham; and several nieces and nephews and their families: Jon Pert of Falmouth, Jennifer Pert Russo of New Gloucester, Judy Pert of Roslindale, Mass., Bruce Biette of Portland, Julie Skelton of Topsham, Doreen Corum of Randolph, James Dow of York, Pa., Daniel Fossett of Cumberland, Betsy Birge of Liberty, and John Fossett of Hollis.
Final arrangements are being coordinated by Desmond Funeral Home in Bath, with visiting hours Friday, Oct. 21, from 2-6 p.m. at the Chocolate Church on Washington Street, and a celebration of Ed’s life there at 6 p.m., followed by fellowship and light refreshments. A family burial will follow at a later date. To express your thoughts and condolences with the family, visit:www.desmondfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of “Edwin H. Pert” to any Greater Bath, Georgetown or Maine charity.
Sagadahoc Dems are opening a satellite campaign office at 54 Main Street in Richmond on Tuesday, October 11 with a local door-to-door canvass from 4-6 pm. There will be an informal potluck at 6 pm on Tuesday followed by a GOTV training and sign-up session. (A second GOTV training will be offered in the Bath office on Wednesday evening.) Signs and candidates literature will be available at the Richmond store-front, but regular hours will depend on volunteer staffing. Call Molly Bogart (751-3270 ) or Tom Walling (666-5837) for more information or to volunteer.